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taken from pegkerr because this seems to be old school enough to have things I have actually read, and because Lee and I will reminisce about many convention nights casting some of these


Bold = read
underlined = started but never finished
italicizing = own but haven't read

I think this should be by author, and I cant believe these are missing, so they are going on the top

READ EVERYTHING!!
00 Tolkien
00 Cordwainer Smith


Read The Many Coloured Land
00 Julian May's


1. Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke
I love Clarke, but I cannot tell you how much I hate the end of this book.
In fact, I hate the end of all books where we end up so telepathic we have *no more secrets* or surprises, or tact. Do you hear me, Spider Robinson?

2. Foundation, by Isaac Asimov
I am one of those, I love Asimov. Jim and I can sing Randall Garret's entire plot recap of "Caves of Steel" (to She'll Be Comin Round The Mountain), and on long car trips, we often do

3. Dune, by Frank Herbert
And I love this one

4. Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick

5. Starship Troopers, by Robert A. Heinlein
I think I have read most all of the Heinleins. I cannot put them down. Then I hate all the ends, and do not ever ask me what he does to his female characters, becasue i assure you you do not want to hear me..

6. Valis, by Philip K. Dick

7. Frankenstein, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
many times

8. Gateway, by Frederick Pohl

9. Space Merchants, by C.M. Kornbluth & Frederick Pohl

10. Earth Abides, by George R. Stewart

11. Cuckoo’s Egg, by C.J. Cherryh

12. Star Surgeon, by James White
I love James White. He's so "Quincy"
But The Witches of Karres is my favorite

13. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, by Philip K. Dick

14. Radix, by A.A. Attanasio

15. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke

16. Ringworld, by Larry Niven
Jim and I devoured Niven together. Our complicated original system RPG runs on a ringworld.

17. A Case of Conscience, by James Blish
Again, I guess I have read all of Blish.
Cities in Flight is the one that flattens me

18. Last and First Man, by Olaf Stapledon
This needs its own category. It has been next to my bed in the "to read" pile since my ex gave it to me in 1975. It is my version of a sleeping pill - 4 pages usually does the trick.

19. The Day of the Triffids, by John Wyndham
I love Wyndham. Rebirth may be my favorite, though it is far from his best.

20. Way Station, by Clifford Simak
This would make my SF desert Island book list

21. More Than Human, by Theodore Sturgeon
I like some Sturgeon more than others, but have readd tons

22. Gray Lensman, by E. E. "Doc" Smith

23. The Gods Themselves, by Isaac Asimov

24. The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin
oh yes

25. Behold the Man, by Michael Moorcock

26. Star Maker, by Olaf Stapledon
see above

27. The War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells

28. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne

29. Heritage of Hastur, by Marion Zimmer Bradley

30. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
my favorite

31. The Stars My Destination, by Alfred Bester
not my favorite bester, but damn close

32. Slan, by A.E. Van Vogt

33. Neuromancer, by William Gibson

34. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
I love OSC as long as he stays away from Religion

35. In Conquest Born, by C.S. Friedman

36. Lord of Light, by Roger Zelazny
I can sing to you about this one, too. As well as several above I didn't mention. I was quite a filker in my time.

37. Eon, by Greg Bear

38. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey

39. Journey to the Center of the Earth, by Jules Verne

40. Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
If he *only* could have stopped himself from wirting that last page..

41. Cosm, by Gregory Benford

42. The Voyage of the Space Beagle, by A.E. Van Vogt

43. Blood Music, by Greg Bear

44. Beggars in Spain, by Nancy Kress

45. Omnivore, by Piers Anthony

46. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov

47. Mission of Gravity, by Hal Clement
Oh, I need to read this again..

48. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, by Philip Jose Farmer
and all associated riverworld stuff

49. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Now, there we go. I can't tell you what a pivotal book this was for me

50. The Man Who Folded Himself, by David Gerrold
fun and forgettable

51. 1984, by George Orwell
and it bears re-reading right now

52. The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll And Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson
I had a nun in the second grade (Sr Robert Anthony) who turned me on to RLS

53. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson

54. Flesh, by Philip Jose Farmer

55. Cities in Flight, by James Blish
ah, there it is...

56. Shadow of the Torturer, by Gene Wolfe
Most Wolfe, all New Sun books

57. Startide Rising, by David Brin
Lee was asleep on the floor in Baltimore when I read "the spaceship left the universe in a pictuesque, but ultimately leathal manner." I too, try never to lose my vocabulary under pressure

58. Triton, by Samuel R. Delany
I love Delany, right up to Dahlgren, I talk like his characters, maybe that's what did it

59. Stand on Zanzibar, by John Brunner

60. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
again, pivotal language moment

61. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
I can't even see the title without crying. When I first read LOTR, I decided that would be the book I am

62. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter Miller
and the Michael Bishop Sequel...

63. Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
Wah!

64. No Blade of Grass, by John Christopher
Assigned by my botany professor, first year of college (1970) I think I have all his books.

65. The Postman, by David Brin
learned my lesson, above

66. Dhalgren, by Samuel Delany
When I was young and married to my first husband and we were always chronically broke, I loved Delany so much I bought this with my bus fare and had to get up early to walk to work for a week. I still want my money back.

67. Berserker, by Fred Saberhagen

68. Flatland, by Edwin Abbot
?? maybe...

69. Planiverse, by A.K. Dewdney

70. Dragon’s Egg, by Robert L. Forward

71. Downbelow Station, by C.J. Cherryh
yeah, I love this one

72. Dawn, by Octavia E. Butler

73. Puppet Masters, by Robert Heinlein

74. The Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
I love Willis, but what is with the communication skills deal?

75. Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
alien propaganda reports that the aliens are raping our women with their turgid purple organs....

76. Deathbird Stories, by Harlan Ellison
The older the Ellison, the more I like it

77. Roadside Picnic, by Boris Strugatsky & Arkady Strugatsky

78. The Snow Queen, by Joan Vinge
I love this book, This is a book Chris and I read to and squee

79. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
He got me young, but Dandelion Wine is the one, and I Sing The Body Electric

80. Drowned World, by J.G. Ballard
I lose the thres of his stories, because I fall into the words. So, I have to read them again...

81. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
But mine is God Bless You, Mr Rosewater

82. Red Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson

83. Upanishads, by Various

84. Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

85. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

86. The Lathe of Heaven, by Ursula K. Le Guin

87. The Midwich Cuckoos, by John Wyndham

88. Mutant, by Henry Kuttner

89. Solaris, by Stanislaw Lem

90. Ralph 124C41+, by Hugo Gernsback
We read it aloud at a party many years ago

91. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson

92. Timescape, by Gregory Benford

93. The Demolished Man, by Alfred Bester
now, that's the one

94. War with the Newts, by Karl Kapek

95. Mars, by Ben Bova

96. Brain Wave, by Poul Anderson
I love Poul Anderson, But The broken Sword is more my speed -Oh, Operation Chaos

97. Hyperion, by Dan Simmons

98. The Andromeda Strain, by Michael Crichton

99. Camp Concentration, by Thomas Disch

100. A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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